Graeme Souness says Tottenham cannot sell Harry Kane to Chelsea - or anybody - at any cost.
Harry Kane has shown this season just what an important player he is for Tottenham, illustrating so with a late winner in the Europa League on Thursday night.
In the Premier League alone he is almost into double figures, building on his outstanding breakthrough campaign of a year ago.
He has established himself as an England international, and predictably his goals have led to transfer speculation, most recently from London rivals Chelsea - reported by The Mail last week.
Former midfielder and manager Graeme Souness is adamant Tottenham cannot afford to sell Kane from a sporting perspective, no matter how financially tempting any offers are which land before them.
He told the Sunday Times: "I can’t see them getting Harry Kane from Tottenham for any price. No way will Spurs sell Kane to Chelsea if they are aspiring to be a top team and get into the Champions League themselves.
"Look what happened with the Gareth Bale situation. That set them back a couple of years and they can’t do that again.
"Kane started the season slowly but has got himself out of that rut by sheer endeavour and a never-say-die attitude. He looks to be a dream for a manager. Costa could learn from that."
The difference with the Gareth Bale situation is that it was interest from abroad Spurs were fending off, and Bale had made clear his intentions behind the scenes that he wanted a new challenge.
The Welshman was a signing from Southampton and did not have the ties academy kid Kane does for Spurs, nor was there the temptation to stay on and play in the club's new stadium.
As for whether Tottenham would face a setback of similar proportions should Kane leave, it is uncertain, but there should be greater faith that the club have learned from their mistakes from the past in the transfer market, while former sporting director Franco Baldini has been moved on.
Fingers crossed for Tottenham, that they never have to find out, but regardless they need to strengthen in the transfer market this January, to ease their reliance on the striker.